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Somerset Community College Honors Outstanding Faculty and Staff

Jul 14, 2014 - | 03:00 PM -

Three individuals from Somerset Community College (SCC) were recognized recently for their leadership and significant achievements at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) New Horizons convention. The awards ceremony was held Owensboro Convention Center in Owensboro.

Janis L. Hatfield, executive administrative assistant to SCC President and CEO Dr. Jo Marshall, was given the administrative staff award; Roger L. Angevine, dean of applied technology, was given the staff award and Ron Meade, PTA program director was given the faculty award from SCC. Meade was also awarded the statewide honor and was named as the 2014 Faculty Award of Excellence recipient.

Meade’s statewide honor was given on behalf of the KCTCS Cabinet. He received $1,000 to be used for the professional development experience of his choice.

“KCTCS is fortunate to have so many hardworking, dedicated employees across the state with extraordinary talents and skills,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall.

Both faculty and staff honorees were nominated by their college for their innovative and significant achievements, as well as service to students and their communities.


Dr. Ron Meade

KCTCS New Horizons FACULTY Excellence Award

Ron Meade with awardDr. Ron Meade is the director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at SCC. As its director, Meade has had a significant impact on turning the program into a premier and highly respected allied health program. In fact, SCC's program is ranked first in the nation, according to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy as of 2013.  Meade’s teaching strategy earned him the prestigious Kentucky Physical Therapy Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and students in the PTA program benefit with a 100 percent employment rate.  Meade has also been a vital part of developing the college's program assessment process, through the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, for the upcoming SACS accreditation.

In addition to his duties as PTA program director, Meade also helped to restructure SCC Student Government Association (SGA) into a more active and involved student body at both Somerset and Laurel campuses and all four centers.  The restructuring has led to six students receiving full-year scholarships to attend SCC in return for their active service and leadership, and expanded student involvement in all clubs and organizations and has also helped students see the value in leadership opportunities.

Meade is also responsible for the establishment of the recent Miss SCC scholarship pageant, a preliminary pageant for Miss Kentucky/Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

Nationally, Meade is recognized as a valuable professional, serving on many boards. Currently, Meade serves as the Kentucky Student Liaison for the American Physical Therapy Association and sits on the advisory  board  for  the University of Kentucky’s Clinical Leadership and Management Program.


Roger Angevine

KCTCS New Horizons Administrative Staff Excellence Award

Roger Angevine with awardRoger Angevine currently serves as Dean of Applied Technology and oversees the SCC Laurel Campus.  

In a letter of support, Angevine's most valued strengths were perceptively described as being at the core level—caring about people and caring about students.  He has been instrumental in the lives of hundreds of students at SCC through his academic leadership.  Even though his responsibilities are extensive, Angevine’s connections are very personal and compassionate.  

In addition to his duties as dean, Angevine travels daily from his home in Somerset to serve as the SCC Laurel Campus Director.  He oversees four buildings and numerous faculty, staff and students.  He is also the Perkins Grant Coordinator and works closely with the technical faculty to support their equipment and training needs.  

The faculty member who nominated Angevine for this Award of Excellence expressed sincere gratitude for the opportunities that he receives and is able to extend forward to his students.  The faculty member cited a particularly significant undertaking, an exclusive architectural tour of the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.  For his Construction Technology program students, this was an invaluable learning experience.  The faculty member emphasized that it is the accountability, confidence, encouragement and commendation from his supervisor that has impacted his enthusiasm and desire to do even more for his students.  


Janis Hatfield

KCTCS New Horizons Support Staff Excellence Award

Janis Hatfield with awardJanis Hatfield currently works as the executive administrative assistant to SCC President and CEO Dr. Jo Marshall.

During her tenure at SCC, Hatfield has received numerous accolades and has served in various leadership positions. Just recently, Hatfield completed her two-year term on the SCC Staff Council, a peer-elected position, serving also as council chair. In addition, Hatfield spearheaded a formal field trip project to encourage staff, and all employees, to visit areas/locations of our college and learn more about all the programs SCC offers in order to promote awareness and communication and to foster a spirit of unity and cooperation.

During Hatfield’s term as SCC Staff Council chair, she assumed production of a staff newsletter to promote communication, critical thinking, college PRIDE/sustainability efforts and employee recognition.

In addition to her duties as executive assistant, Hatfield is also an active member of Phi Theta Kappa. Having earned Phi Theta Kappa leadership instructor certification, Hatfield has been working to ignite spirit for a project to gain approval for a humanities-based GEN 140 Development of Leadership course to be offered by KCTCS through Learn on Demand. The intended project will provide opportunities for personal and professional growth for students everywhere, and will encourage professional development for employees in their workplaces.

In other leadership positions, Hatfield serves as a co-advisor for SCC Fruit of the Lens Photography Club and has also been a co-presenter at the Community College Humanities Association National Conference discussing leadership development.